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ThInk is a blog about the brain. It is run by the Wellcome Trust and written by expert columnists from across the field of neuroscience and beyond. Its aim is to explore neuroscience in research, medicine, art and every day life.

ThInk was created to coincide with, and compliment, Wonder – a season of public events which combines neuroscience and art. The season is a partnership between Wellcome Trust, The Barbican and the British Neuroscience Association.  A range of events will take place in March and April 2013, and alongside the BNA’s major scientific meeting BNA 2013: Festival of Neuroscience, at the Barbican, London on 7-10th April.

ThInk shares the vision of the Festival and the ‘Wonder’season: to bring together different disciplines, experts, scientists and the public to promote collaboration, share knowledge, and inspire each other with the study of the human brain.

To find out more, please follow the links below:

An introduction to ‘Wonder’ from Amy Sanders, Programme Manager at the Wellcome Trust.

An introduction to BNA 2013: Festival of Neuroscience from Ian Varndell, Acting Chief Executive of the British Neuroscience Association.

An introduction to ThInk from Holly Story, Graduate Trainee at the Wellcome Trust

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The ThInk banner image is based on Memory Trace, a photographic artwork by Gayle Chong Kwan, which is on display in the windows of the Wellcome Trust in London until June 2013.

Delicately sculpted from historical illustrations of the brain found in the collections of the Wellcome Library, Chong Kwan’s landscape presents a sinuously beautiful account of London. By featuring landmarks used by taxi drivers as navigational points, the artist links the capital’s urban topography with connections generated by memory.

Memory Trace is inspired by the research of Professor Eleanor Maguire of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL, which shows that the process of acquiring ‘the Knowledge’ – the complex layout of central London’s 25 000 streets – causes structural changes in the brains of taxi drivers.

During the day, Chong Kwan’s panorama presents the familiar skyline of the buildings and attractions that make up the city, but a closer inspection reveals an intricate collage of historical drawings and paintings: attempts to record and visualise the workings of the brain.

At night, LEDs map out the journeys frequently taken by taxis and reflect the creation of new neural pathways. The landscape, photographed from models put together by the artist, carries the life of the city and the physical matter of our apprehension.

The London landmarks in ‘Memory Trace’ include Buckingham Palace, Battersea Power Station, the Houses of Parliament and Canary Wharf.

Image credit: Wellcome Library, London
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2 Comments
  1. elaine jones permalink
    February 4, 2013 1:17 pm

    have recently received your ‘big picture’ publication and was inspired to write:-

    Inside a small vessel mega controls,
    Missions to find out many gathering probes,
    Logical assessment irrational views,
    Thirsty and collective,
    For observations and news,
    A cool exterior surface,
    Cloaks the activity you would find
    If you took a closer look at he world within a mind….

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